We're very happy and fortunate that Bodhilila is able to join us on zoom to lead a healing meditation morning.
Saturday February 5, 10am to 12 noon
Tejananda invites us to explore the qualities of love and compassion in their depths through meditation, discovering what is readily available to us when we are grounded in our senses and able to "look" at our experience in particular ways.
The morning will include Tonglen compassion meditation.
Registration now closed
A two-day online retreat with Vimalasara Mason-John and Kevin Griffin.
Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13, 9am to 1pm Pacific, 5pm to 9pm UK.
Please email Claire at the Vancouver Buddhist Center with any questions. (This is not an SFBC event.)
Mountains are Mountains Again
wabi sabi and the notion of a ‘modest awakening’
“Before one studies Zen, mountains are mountains and waters are waters; after a first glimpse into the truth of Zen, mountains are no longer mountains and waters are no longer waters; after enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and waters once again waters.”
What is awakening?
Saturday and Sunday June 13 and 14, 9am-12pm both days
Abiding in Peace, Here and Now, with Bodhipaksha
Following a transformative retreat in April, Bodhipaksa will introduce further radical yet simple approaches to meditation that allow experiences of peace, joy, and calmness to unfold effortlessly within us. These tools are accessible regardless of whether or not you attended his first retreat.
Body - Heart - Love
Metta is unconditional and, ultimately, unconditioned love. Even though we learn to cultivate metta through phrases and imagination, it is by nature a quality or expression of our whole being. If we open to metta through the 'aliveness' of our body and heart (soma) it opens out and finds its true nature and home. We'll explore this, in practice, during this Saturday morning.
Dhyana is a state of “flow” in which meditation becomes effortless.
On this retreat Bodhipaksa will break down the components of the dhyana experience and introduce a step-by-step approach to cultivating it. You may not experience dhyana on this retreat, but you’ll certainly move in that direction and come away with a whole new bunch of meditation skills.
The Myth of Meditation: Restoring Imaginal Ground through Embodied Buddhist Practice
Join us for a special morning meditation with Paramananda - joining us all the way from London.
Paramananda was instrumental in getting the San Francisco Buddhist Center started back in the 90s and was our Chair until 2001, when he returned to the UK.
Many Suttas in Buddhism show the Buddha quietly and beautifully guiding his followers towards real tranquility and wisdom through awareness of the body. As part of our "Simply Practice" theme this month and year, Prasadachitta will explore with us the power of simply paying attention to the senses.
A spacious, mostly silent morning of meditation – walking, sitting, and lying down. Open to anyone with some meditation experience.
We’ll also have an opportunity at the end for those who wish to share what we’ve learned and ask questions.